O'Connor sees question marks over Kilkenny and Tipp heading into 2021

December 28, 2020

Tipperary's Seamus Callanan with Cillian Buckley of Kilkenny during their side's 2016 All-Ireland final at Croke Park.
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Former Clare star Jamesie O’Connor reckons there are question marks over both Kilkenny and Tipperary heading into next year’s campaign.

Limerick captured their second Liam MacCarthy Cup in three years after cruising by Waterford earlier this month and, speaking Sky Sports Inside The Game 2020 review show, O’Connor is unsure whether the Cats and Tipp can reach the level of the Treaty men over the coming months.

"It might sound controversial, but Kilkenny and maybe even Tipperary," said the two-time All-Ireland winner after being asked which teams have question marks over then heading into the new season.

“Tipperary from the perspective that can Liam Sheedy get another year out of Seamus Callanan, Padraic Maher, Brendan Maher and 'Bonner' Maher? And all those guys who have given unbelievable service to Tipperary?

"Kilkenny, I just don't know if the production line is going to produce enough players by the time the season rolls around next spring. TJ Reid, and Richie Hogan to a lesser extent, they still look totally reliant on those guys up front. If TJ is held, you just wonder where Kilkenny are going to get the scores from.

"Kilkenny, and to a lesser extent Tipperary. I wouldn't say the older Tipperary players were below par this year, but there's a question as to how long these guys can continue performing to the level they have for Liam Sheedy and Tipperary."

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